The government plans to create a three-dimensional map of Korea and post it on the Internet. Cheong Wa Dae, the government and ruling Grand National Party announced the idea Thursday as part of measures to stimulate business that also include opening more duty-free shops around the country.
Due to the impact of the Korean Wave, 8.8 million tourists are expected this year, but there are only 10 duty free shops in downtown Seoul, Busan and Jeju Island. The government wants to open more in metropolitan areas that will also sell craft products made by small and mid-sized businesses.
The high-resolution 3D map of the country will be created by 2015 and be available for use by the public. The government has selected the basins of the four major rivers of Korea as the first areas to be mapped in a pilot project to be completed next year. The map is expected to be used by builders and other businesses as well.
So far, the government has authorized only distribution and manufacturing facilities to be built adjacent to major ports such as Busan and Pyeongtaek. But now it is considering allowing residential areas, as well as financial, R&D and tourist facilities to be built there.